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This is a PDF sewing pattern for The Reepham Messenger Bag, a neat modern messenger bag with echoes of the 1940s utilitarian style. It has asymmetrical detailing, softened with pretty pleating. Reepham is trimmed with buttons and features a practical back pocket, which also doubles as a template for an interior pocket template.
It is perfectly sized for everyday use and makes up beautifully in most fabrics from Charlie’s Aunt signature British tweeds, corduroy and velvet to cotton canvas. Make with a self fabric strap all in one colour or add a purchased strap.

This PDF has 21 pages—10 pages including the cover, general, cutting out and step-by-step instructions, and 11 pattern sheets with the templates, which you must print and cut out. All of the templates are actual size and all seam allowances already added. As all of the templates are too big to fit on one sheet, you must cut out and tape these templates together where shown. Instructions for this are clear.

The Reepham Messenger Bag’s approximate finished dimensions are: 
Height 11” (28cm)
Width 12” (31cm)
Base depth 2” (5cm)
Strap length is approx. 39” (100cm)

Materials Required:

  • 1 yard (92cm) of 44” (112cm) wide, or ¾” yard (70cm) of 54” (138cm) wide exterior
  • ¾ yard (70cm) of 36” (92cm) or 44” (112cm) wide lining fabric
  • ¾ yard (70cm) of 36” (92cm) wide sew-in craft interfacing
  • 1 yard (96cm) of 36” (92cm) wide fusible interfacing
  • Piece of fusible web approx. 4” (10cm) x 40” (102cm)
  • 1 magnetic snap set
  • 2 or 3 buttons approx. 1” (25mm) diameter for flap
  • Sticky tape (to join pattern templates)
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marker pen, pencil or chalk
  • Thread to match fabric

Please note that this is an INSTANT DOWNLOAD PDF pattern and NOT a paper pattern. Once your payment has been accepted, a ‘download’ button will appear and you will be able to download the pattern straight away.

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